Many critics are calling this the golden age of television and with the selection of good quality, excellent shows in a variety of genres, it is not difficult to see why. From the teenage drama in Riverdale, to the light-hearted comedy of The Mayor to heavy-hearted Handmaid’s Tale, there was something for everyone this year.
Here is our list of our favorite new series of 2017:
1. Marvel’s Runaways
We are only a few episodes in so it might be too soon to tell but we are already in love with this new series that tells the story of six teenagers who discover that their parents are supervillains and go on the run together. From the creators of Gossip Girl, this teen drama adds a much needed fresh take in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
2. The Bold Type
The one show that we couldn’t stop raving about this year told the story of three young women – Jane, Kat and Sutton – as they balance working at a women’s fashion magazine with their relationships, health, sexuality. It just a few episodes, The Bold Type managed to create wonderful characters that we care about and tackle important issues that are pertinent to young women today.
We are already halfway through season two, so it’s easy to forget that Riverdale only started in 2017. At this point it is like Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead have become staples on our televisions. We have been enthralled in the mysteries that have surrounded the small town of Riverdale – and the scandals that have come with it. This is not your average teen drama – with just enough characters to stan, and ships to root for.
4. The Mayor
An excellent premise of what if someone who only runs for office in order to get attention – actually wins? It’s a strange concept to grasp in 2017, right? Anyway, this comedy tells the story of Courtney Rose, a rapper trying to get noticed, who runs for the mayorship and gains so much support that he is elected. The show follows his life post-election, learning about how to do what’s best for the community, aided by his chief of staff Valentina, his two best friends T.K. and Jermaine and his mom, Dina Rose.
5. Alias Grace
Sometimes a murder is black and white, person x kills person y, and they are convicted of it, Alias Grace tells a story that is not that simple. Based on a Margaret Atwood book, which itself is based off of a true life story, Alias Grace tells the story of a murder of a landowner and his housekeeper in Canada in the 1800s and the women who was convicted for the murders. Is she really guilty? Can we trust her point of view as we hear the story from her side? It’s an intriguing and interesting piece of television.
6. The Deuce
On the edgier side, we really enjoyed The Deuce, the semi fictional drama series that told the story of the sex trade industry in New York in the early 1970s. With the rise of the porn industry, and the shift in the organized crime-backed parlors to becoming legitimate businesses. The Deuce tells the story of many characters – prostitutes, porn directors, police, pimps, journalists – as they center around twins Vincent and Frankie (both played by James Franco) whose lives change when they meet a mobster.
7. The Gifted
For fans of the X-Men series, there is The Gifted which tells the story of a family whose life is changed when they discover that their two children are mutants are they forced to go on the run from a hostile government. They join the underground ranks and meet many other mutants as they attempt to fight and survive in the world that they know.
8. The Handmaid’s Tale
The Emmy-winning drama series, tells the dystopian tale set in Gilead which used to be the United States, and is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that has striped the women of the country from their rights. Because of the declining birth rate, fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of one of these women – Offred (Elisabeth Moss), the life that was taken from her, and the life that she is forced to live in. It’s a story that grips you, scares you, and makes you wish for more.
9. Big Little Lies
The perfect little town of Monterey is not as perfect as it seems, in the award-winning Big Little Lies. Through all the rich couples, beautiful children and immaculate homes, there are terrible secrets, anger, and hurt. Big Little Lies is told from the position of three moms – Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley) as they deal with rumors, abuse and even murder. The music, the glamor, and the mystery takes you in, but the calibre of the amazing actresses in the starring roles is what keeps you entertained.
If there was ever a polarizing series in 2017, it would have been Legion. Another X-Men ‘spinoff’, it is vastly different to The GIfted. Telling the story of David Heller (Dan Stevens), who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child and has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals. David soon discovers that he is a powerful mutant and the voices in his head might just be real. He works with renowned therapist Melanie Bird and a specialist team to discover his new abilities while running from his own demons and the authorities. The show is a whirlwind, and you constantly have to be on your toes, but it is an excellent piece of filmmaking and worth every single praise.